Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1 fans who jeer his victories should not blame him and Red Bull for making grands prix dull.
Several of Vettel’s 2013 victories have been greeted by boos during podium interviews, including this weekend’s dominant Singapore triumph.
“It is not nice, but I think if you look around at the grandstands then most of the fans are dressed in red,” he said. “Ferrari has a very strong fan base and has tradition in F1. They have been around longer and are more successful than any other team, although there is more and more blue [for Red Bull].
“They are emotional when not winning and when someone else is winning they don’t like it. I didn’t give them the most exciting races but on days like this I really don’t mind.”
Vettel suggested that the heckling fans are traveling from race to race, but added that he also has plenty of vocal support at the circuits.
“I think they are on a tour and wealthy enough to go to a lot of races…” he said. “As long as they keep booing, we’re doing a good job.
“There were also German flags around the track the parade lap was quite nice and also the lap after the checkered flag, there were a lot of people cheering.”
He added that the only reason Red Bull was dominating was because of the team’s hard work.
“It doesn’t happen just like that,” Vettel said. “It was surely not easy to get everything right all weekend.
“I know how much work there is going in. When the curfew kicks in, that is when the mechanics leave the track. They are flat-out, same as the engineers.
“There is a lot of team effort going in and if we have a result like today where we have luxury to control race, then it’s because of those late hours and because of the commitment that goes in from everybody.”